Oct. 16, 2011
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -
Anna Quigley and Hannah Hicks each scored to answer an early goal by Cal Poly as the UC Davis women's soccer team won its third straight Big West Conference match with a 3-1 victory over host Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon.
The win gives the Aggies a sweep of its weekend conference games against visiting Pacific on Thursday and at Cal Poly, delivering them six crucial points in the league standings. It was also their first win in three tries at San Luis Obispo since joining the Big West in 2007.
UC Davis, now with 10 points, is 9-4-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the Big West. It entered the day the day in fourth place but left San Luis Obispo tied for first pending the remainder of Sunday's conference results. The Mustangs are 8-8-1 overall and 2-4-0 in the Big West. Sara Lancaster's seventh goal of the season provided their only score.
"This was a huge week for us," said Aggie head coach Maryclaire Robinson whose team has its second-longest winning streak of the season. "The (conference) race is very tight and to get one win at home and another on the road is absolutely fantastic."
Cal Poly applied the early pressure during Sunday's game at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, taking the first two shots including Lancaster's goal in the 15th minute. Afton Thulin picked up the assist, finding Lancaster who found the back of the net for a 1-0 Mustang lead.
UC Davis regained the momentum by taking three of the next four shots, all of them on goal but each of them saved by Brooke Gauvin who had seven for the game. But Quigley scored her first goal of the season in the 36th minute by taking a cross from freshman Rogan Dolan and putting it into the right side of the net.
Gauvin made a save on Lisa Kemp's shot in the 54th minute just before Hicks scored her second goal of the year barely more than a minute later, capitalizing on an assist from senior Lisa Kemp to score from 10 yards out.
The Mustangs outshot UC Davis 6-2 over the final 35 minutes of the contest but keeper Maria Magana
saved the only two that were shot on goal. She had three saves in the game.
Robinson credited Kemp for helping control the midfield which she said was a key area on Sunday.
"It was one of those games where whoever controlled the midfield would probably have the lion's share of the attacking chances," she said.
Both teams had nine shots in the game with UC Davis putting all of its attempts on goal.
UC Davis will take a brief break from Big West action for a nonconference match on Thursday at Cal State Bakersfield. The Aggies will play the regular-season home finale on Mar. 23 against UC Santa Barbara.